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College football • Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference starting next season, a year earlier than expected, following the split among the Big East's football schools and seven Catholic schools that are forming their own basketball-focused conference.

The move was announced Tuesday by Notre Dame following a vote by Big East presidents. It comes six months after Notre Dame surprisingly opted to join the ACC in all sports except football and hockey. Tuesday's move means Notre Dame will join the ACC at the same time as Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

U.S.'s Lloyd out with broken shoulder

Women's soccer • American midfielder Carli Lloyd will be sidelined six to eight weeks after breaking a bone in her left shoulder during the Algarve Cup.

After initially saying the injury was minor, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesday that an MRI showed the fracture.

• Cristiano Ronaldo surged to the top of the AP's latest global soccer rankings on Tuesday, thanks to decisive goals for Real Madrid in La Liga and the Champions League.

Ronaldo was awarded 153 points in The Associated Press survey of 16 soccer journalists, beating Barcelona striker Lionel Messi.

From wire reports

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